alternate headline: man does job
Let's Go Blue
On Mark Donnal's emergence:
“Everybody’s acting like he came out of never showing that before,” he said. “I know what he’s capable of doing, because he shoots the ball in my eyehole every day.”
I, like many of the readers here, was touched by the story of everything surrounding Austin Hatch. His recruitment, plane crash, then working himself back into shape, and joining the team. And finally, giving up his roster spot and taking a medical scholarship at Michigan. There was a post in October from a student with the username UMClassof2018 highlighting John Beilein talking to the Maize Rage which mentioned Hatch.
The pertinent section:
He [Beilein] also talked about Austin Hatch and how important he is to the team. He said he works out with the team 2-3 times a week to keep his body in shape, and his role is now doing some things that players/coaches don't have as much time to do (i.e. visits to Mott). He also said he views Austin as another son of his, which was pretty cool.
I would love to hear any updates on Austin . . . how school is going, if he is still working out with the team, and in what capacity he helps out the team. He always seemed like such a class act, who dealt with a horrible tragedy as graciously as possible. This disaster also highlighted John Beilein and his character.
Episode covered the big win at home over Maryland and the loss in Iowa City. Matt Shepard apparently won Sportscaster of the year which is pretty cool. Womens team defeated Minnesota but dropped the home game against Maryland. Finally nice interview with Zak Irvin covering his play thus far. Enjoy GO BLUE!